Also Means Cow
The term bossy, as in "given to ordering people about," is one of three homonyms, words that are spelled the same but mean different things and are etymologically unrelated. Approximately three centuries before the aforementioned bossy emerged, people were using this term to mean “swollen like a protuberance.” In the mid-1800s, people began using it as a familiar name for a cow or calf. The bovine bossy is a diminutive form of boss, which came to English about 50 years earlier as a term for addressing a cow and was used to refer to the American bison. The Latin bos translates to "ox."